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School Opening for 2020/21

Welcome back to the 2020/21 school year – sure to be a unique year for us in so many ways.

This section of our website is dedicated to information about our plans for returning to school and will be updated as more information becomes available.

Student/Parent/Guardian Update 18th September 2020

Please find some updates for staff students and parents after two full weeks of classes. Thank you all for your ongoing work in keeping our school open and learning in these challenging times.

Student illness/absence

Anyone displaying symptoms of Covid-19 should not attend school. Please ensure that you phone the school if a student will be absent. We are relying on parents/guardians to keep us up to date with family siuations involving symptoms, testing, etc. While the HSE will be in contact with us should we have a confirmed case in the school community, the information you provide is very helpful to us and saves teachers/tutors/year heads phoning home about an unexplained absence. In addition teachers want to ensure that students who are staying at home under medical advice can still keep up with their learning and we have a system in place to support this. Should we have a positive case of the virus in our school community, we will follow HSE advice, assist them in their contact tracing and risk assessment process, assist with communication to those directly affected and communicate with general information through text and website with our school community. Patient confidentiality is of the utmost importance and we ask all members of the school community to respect this. There is no blame attached to becoming sick.

Books and Resources and Student Devices

Teachers will advise students what books, copies and resources are essential for class. Students should try or bring these into school but should only pack their bag with what they can comfortably carry. It is NOT ACCEPTABLE for a student to arrive with an empty bag and no books for class. It is NOT APPROPRIATE for a student to be carrying an overweight school bag.
A student can use one A4 academy pad to take notes in class and arrange to tear out and file these notes into a subject folder at home. Students must try to prioritise the subject resources that are most needed each day. Teachers will do their best to advise students on this and will be understanding if a student cannot manage to carry everything needed. However students who regularly present for class without the necessary work done will be followed up in the usual manner.
For the period of time that the Covid-19 restrictions are in place and/or until the Board of Management reverses this decision, from 21st September 2020, students may bring a smartphone or other personal portable device (iPad/laptop) to school for use in class. E-Books can be downloaded onto this device to reduce the number of books that need to be carried to school. Issues with downloading books should be raised with the relevant publisher as this cannot be resolved by the school. Headphones can be used where a student in a satellite room is accessing the teacher’s presentation/voice/TEAMS in the main classroom. The teacher can advise students of the relevant school wifi code to use when needed.
It is vitally important that all students read and comply with the Student Computer and Network Usage Agreement (also know as Acceptable Use Policy) which has been extended to include the use of personal devices. http://lucancc.ie/policy/other-school-policies/it-policies/

Mobile phones and other personal devices seen anywhere in the school grounds other than in a classroom under teacher supervision will be confiscated as explained in our code of behaviour.

If a student is suspected of misusing any technology device in school and breaking the terms of the Acceptable Use Policy, the school will confiscate and seek full access to the device to ascertain the nature of the misuse. In this case a student will no longer be permitted to use technology in school for a set period of time dependent on the seriousness of the misuse.

If a student brings a personal device into school the following procedures apply:

    • device must be fully charged at home before being brought to school
    • all relevant ebooks, apps and programmes for class should be downloaded at home
    • the school will not have the resources to provide technical support for students
    • the school cannot take responsibility for the loss/damage/theft of any device that a student decides to bring to school. We recommend that you arrange appropriate insurance for these devices.

This is a temporary new departure for our school and we will monitor it carefully through feedback from students and teachers. We are trusting students to use this opportunity appropriately to improve their learning and lessen the weight of school bags.

Break time update

We will continue to stagger small break. Senior students (Transition Year, 5th and 6th year) will take their little break at the official time of 10.15am-10.27am in the Memorial garden. All Fifth years should take their break in the Millennium garden at 10.15am-10.27am and 6th years in the H area and basketball courts.

1st and 3rd students will be brought on their break during the class before little break at the times specified and in the area specified and 2nd years during the class after little break. This break should be 10mins long and must be supervised directly by the teacher in charge of the class at that time. Junior students should go to their tutorial/pastoral care classroom at 10.15 (or the nearest social area if there are insufficient seats available for a seated break) and remain there for break time and for their tutorial class. No food or drink should be consumed in the classrooms at this time as student will not be 2m apart.

While we realise that the junior break times are cutting into teaching and learning time we feel that now is not a good time to experiment with having all 900+ students on little break at the same time and we will continue with these arrangements for a while longer.

Lunch time

Students should continue to go home for lunch if possible. This is proving very effective in reducing the number of students seeking socially distanced spaces to eat lunch in classrooms. However we remind students that they are wearing their uniform and representing the school at all times including during lunch break. Some patrons of the supervalu centre have been in touch concerned about our students gathering close together and not wearing masks during break time. Please try to take as much care with your own health and that of others whether in school or outside school and keep socially distanced when not wearing a mask.
Supervalu centre access for senior students only:

  • Monday – 6th years
  • Tuesday – 5th yeqrs
  • Thursday – Transition Year students
  • Friday – 6th years

Uniform

We are very impressed with the standard of uniform so far this year. Please remember that the PE uniform should only be worn on days when the student has PE on their timetable. Access to the changing rooms is not allowed. It is lovely to see more female students cycling to school with the choice of trousers or kilts now available for our female students. Unfortunately there are still some non uniform coats being worn. Please correct this before the winter months arrive and coats are needed daily – possibly in classrooms with doors and windows remaining open for ventilation.

Bicycles

Great to see a large number of students cycling to school. Please remember to wear a helmet for your safety, ensure your bike is locked securely to a bicycle rack and walk your bike into and out of the school grounds. The front gate is a dangerous area with pedestrians and cars and it is not safe to cycle in or out of the school. We are purchasing additional bike racks shortly for students. Bikes should be securely locked at the front of the school.

Front Gate Safety

The safety of our school community is paramount. Parents are not allowed to park in or near the school grounds (apart from a few parents with special permission and a school parking permit – these parents should ensure they are entering the grounds at off-peak times). Please remind your son/daughter to use the pedestrian gates at all times.

Thank you for taking the time to read these updates.
Diane Birnie

Student/Parent/Guardian Update Week Beginning 7th September 2020
Good evening students and parents/guardians
This message is to remind you of the current key arrangements for school and to update you on some of the things you had questions about during induction and changes we have made for the week ahead.

 

Induction slideshows
All students who attended the induction day(s) during the first week of September should have watched the Student Induction PowerPoint including videos (Powerpoint for Return to school for students September 2020) and the Student Well-being PowerPoint with voice-over (Wellbeing Presentation for students 1st –6th year Sept 2020). We encourage parents to watch these also so you have an understanding of the safeguarding protocols we have put in place for our school community. Any student who was absent and did not attend induction MUST watch these presentations before returning to school.
Timetable
All timetables and rooms have now been updated on VSware. Please logon to your VSware account and print or write down your classes and rooms for the week. Each student needs to take personal responsibility for having their timetable written into their journal. All VSware account details were given to students during induction. If you do not have your VSware account details please contact a classmate to ensure you know Monday’s timetable and ask for help to access VSware when you come to school on Monday.
What you should bring to school
Whatever you bring, please label everything! Lost property will have to be binned this year unless we can immediately return it to the student.
All students must wear a facemask to school. These masks must be worn at all times when a distance of 2m between people cannot be maintained. If you have a health concern about wearing a mask, please arrange for your parent to contact your Year Head who will explain the process for seeking alternative arrangements. Refusing to wear a mask or engaging in unsafe conduct with a mask will be treated as a serious breach of the code of behaviour.
All students should bring their health pack to school as outlined in previous newsletters and during induction. We advise students to bring spare facemasks and a reusable bottle of water. Students who are staying in for lunch should bring a healthy packed lunch. All students must have their journal and be in full uniform. If you have PE or TY leisure pursuits on your timetable that day you should wear your PE uniform for the full school day.
We advise students to bring their phone to school with the Covid Tracker App enabled. Phones should have bluetooth switched on but should be set to silent, not vibrate. A set of head phones for the phone is also advised. The Teams phone app should be downloaded and teachers will explain how to use the school wifi. Unfortunately the school cannot take responsibilty for lost or stolen items so ensure that you have your own insurance for expensive items you intend to bring to school.
Bring as many books and resources as you can comfortably carry each day. Subject teachers will give specific advice about what to bring​ each day. Use your journal to note what they advise. We understand that not having lockers will prove challenging!
Arriving to school
For Monday 7th September only we are having a staggered start with Junior students (1st, 2nd and 3rd years) arriving for class at 8.55am and following their full timetable until 4pm and Seniors (TY, 5th and 6th years) arriving on time for their 10.27am tutorial class following their timetable for the remainder of the day.
From Tuesday 8th September all students will arrive for their first class at 8.55am.
To avoid gatherings in groups outside or within the school grounds, please wait until 8.30am to enter the school grounds each day. Enter from either the main front gate or the side gate opposite SuperValu. Walk outside the building until you reach the entrance closest to the first classroom you are moving to. You can then enter the classroom and take your assigned seat following all of the protocols outlined during induction – social distancing, hand hygiene and respiratory hygiene. Remember to follow the one-way system to avoid people meeting face-to-face as much as possible and to help us all to remain 2m away from each other.
Satellite Classes
If there are more students in a class group than student spaces in the classroom the excess number of students will be directed to a satellite room. Where possible the teacher will upload classwork and homework to the class Teams group so that all students (in the classroom, in the satellite room and at home if sick) can access the work. Where possible the teacher will set up a Teams meeting while they are teaching in the classroom so that students in the satellite rooms can hear what the teacher is saying through their phone and headphones. We will continually rotate the students attending the satellite groups so that no student is overly disadvantaged by this process. Rooms for satellite groups will be displayed around the school. Students should talk to their tutor at tutorial/pastoral care if they have any concerns.
Little Break
Year groups 1st to 4th will have their break during classtime as outlined in the table below and will spend the official break time sitting in their tutor base class . 5th and 6th years only will have their break during the official break time. Please see the timings and areas of the school that you should use for break as well as the toilets you should use throughout the school day. Remember this is part of the school’s efforts to prevent different year groups from mixing. Each Year Group should in effect be a different ‘Pod’. 

Year 

Class 

Time 

Break Zone 

Toilets 

First 

Cedar, Elm & Oak  

10.05-10.15 

Memorial Garden 

C Area Toilets 

First 

Sycamore, Rowan & Willow 

10.05-10.15 

Millennium 

Garden 

C Area Toilets 

Second  

O Riordan Walsh & Collison 

10.40-10.50 

Millennium Garden 

D/E Area Toilets 

Second 

Greta, Malala & Gonzalez 

10.40-10.50 

Memorial Garden 

D/E Area Toilets 

Third 

Setanta, Lir Grainne 

10.05-10.15 

Outside M and Basketball court 

 

L Toilets 

Third 

Meabh and Danu 

10.05-10.15 

Outside M and Basketball court 

L Toilets 

TY 

McAuley, O’Riada  & Clarke 

11.05- 11.15 

Millennium Garden 

G Toilets 

TY 

Hone, Gandon  

11.05- 11.15 

Memorial Garden 

G Toilets 

Fifth  

Connolly, Lynn & Markievicz 

10.15-10.27 

Memorial  Garden 

G Area Toilets 

Fifth 

O’ Farrell, Pearse & Plunkett 

10.15-10.27 

Millennium Garden 

G Area 

Toilet 

Sixth 

Hume 

Corrigan 

Beckett 

Williams 

Walton 

Heaney 

10.15- 10.27 

H area/ Basketball court

H Toilets 

Teachers teaching at these times will finish class at 10.05 or 11.05 (TY) and bring their students with their belongings to the designated break area and will supervise students as you have a snack and use assigned toilets for your year group. Students will then go to their tutorial base room where they will sit during the official little break period. Remember masks must be worn where a distance of 2m cannot be maintained. With the staggered break time, there should be plenty of space for students to take mask breaks!

 
Tutorial/Pastoral Care
Please check the table below for the most up to date list of classrooms for each tutor class. The one in your journal was updated over the Summer. Where there are more students than there are class places, we have formed an extra satellite tutor group in the year with a mixture of people from each of the different classes. Your tutors explained this to you at induction and hopefully you are clear which tutor group you will be attending at 10.27am on Monday. Ask your Year Head or link DP if you have questions.

Room 

1st Year 

Tutors 

Year Head 

B1 

Cedar 

J. Carey 

 

C1 

Elm 

E. Bean 

 

C2 

Oak 

A. Flynn / C.Healy 

C. Clarke 

C3 

Rowan 

E. MacManus / R. Duggan*  

 

Satellite room: B2 (R. Duggan) 

C4 

Sycamore 

S. McGeever 

C5 

Willow 

L. Quirke / E. Barbour 

Room 

2nd Year 

Tutors 

Year Head 

E2 

O’Riordan 

M. Mulhern  

 

 

G. Casey 

Satellite room: F2 (V. Conway) 

 

F1 

Walsh 

A. Byrne 

E4

Collison 

K. McCarthy  

F3 

Greta 

M. Gaffney /  E. O’Gara    

F4 

Malala 

M. Cunningham / V. Conway* 

F5 

Gonzalez 

A. McKelvey / G.Clifford 

Room 

3rd Year 

Tutors 

Year Head 

M3 

Setanta 

N. Walsh / A. Hickey 

 

 

J. Grimes  

No Satellite Room Required 

 

M1 

Lir 

M. Mellett    

L1 

Grainne 

T. Doyle / PJ Doyle 

M4 

Meabh 

S Coogan  

M5 

Danu 

N. Gallagher / M. Ní Ruaidhri 

Room 

4th Year 

Tutors 

Year Head 

D.Hall 

McAuley 

P. Callaghan 

 

U. Twyford  

TY & LCA Programme Coordinator:    

I.Higgins 

Satellite room: Dining Hall 2             (M. Flanagan) 

J1 

O’Riada 

JP. Foley 

M2 

Johnston 

H. Dowling 

J2 

Hone 

H. Suttle 

J3 

Gandon 

D. O’Donoghue 

E5 

Clarke 

M. Ni Chonaola / J. Spillane 

Room 

5th Year  

Tutors 

Year Head 

L2 

Connolly 

E. Ni Bhriain 

 

 

J. O’Connor  

Satellite room: H7 (C. O’Flynn) 

 

G1 

Lynn 

F. Coghlan/R. McAnerin 

G2 

Markievicz 

F. Murphy 

G3 

O’Farrell 

K. Branagan 

G4 

Pearse 

M. Feeney 

G5 

Plunkett 

A. Quirke 

Room 

6th Year  

Tutors 

Year Head 

H1 

Hume 

E. Geraghty 

 

 

E. Brady 

Satellite room: H6 (G. Keating) 

H2 

Corrigan 

M. Freeman 

H3 

Beckett 

K. Mc Cormack 

H4 

Heaney 

U. Howley / G. Keating* 

H5 

Williams 

G. McKeever / C. Kenny 

E3 

Walton 

A. Brooks / C.O’Gorman 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Deputy Principal Offices
Mr Brett – link for 1st and TY year students (office in A area near staff room)
Mr Purcell – link for 2nd and 5th year students (office in A area near staff room)
Ms Malone – link for 3rd and 6th year students (office moved to M area)
Year Head Offices
1st year Ms Clarke A area office near staff room
2nd year Ms Casey D area office
3rd year Mr Grimes D area office
Transition Year Ms Twyford A area office near staff room
5th year Ms O’Connor A area office
6th year Ms Brady A area office

New Lunch Time Arrangements

Junior Students (1st, 2nd and 3rd years) should arrange to go home for lunch if possible and must complete the journal lunch permission page at the front of their journal. If you must stay in for lunch, then you must bring a packed lunch and go to your tutor base classroom to eat it. Half of the class (Group A) will stay in to eat their lunch from 1.15 to 1.35 (remembering to maintain 2m distance, hand sanitise and wipe down desks and chairs) while the second half (Group B) can go out to the pitch area marked for their year group (weather permitting). Then when the bell sounds at 1.35pm, the two lunch groups will swop over. Junior students cannot go to local shops or restaurants for lunch.
4th years All students who live close by please go home for lunch each day. SuperValu centre is only available for TYs on Thursday for those who cannot go home: Classes McAuley, O’Riada, Johnston can visit SuperValu from 1.15pm on Thursdays and classes Hone, Gandon, Clarke from 1.35pm. Students who must stay in school for lunch must bring a packed lunch and eat in their tutor base class at 2 metre distance and can use the pitch area marked for their year group (weather permitting). Students can self-divide into two lunch groups if there are too many in a room to eat socially distanced.
5th years: All students who live close by please go home for lunch each day. SuperValu centre is only available for 5th yrs on Tuesday for those who cannot go home: Classes Connolly, Lynn, Markievicz can visit SuperValu from 1.15pm on Tuesdays and classes O’Farrell, Plunkett, Pearse from 1.35pm. Students who must stay in school for lunch must bring a packed lunch and eat in their tutor base class/social area at 2-metre distance and can use the basketball court area marked for their year group (weather permitting). Students can self-divide into two lunch groups if there are too many in a room to eat socially distanced.
6th years: All students who live close by please go home for lunch each day. SuperValu centre only available for 6th yrs on Monday and Friday for those who cannot go home. Classes Hume, Corrigan, Beckett can visit SuperValu from 1.15pm on Mondays and Friday and classes Williams, Walton, Heaney from 1.35pm. Students who must stay in school for lunch must eat in their tutor base class/social area at 2-metre distance and can use the basketball court area marked for their year group (weather permitting). Students can self-divide into two lunch groups if there are too many in a room to eat socially distanced.
Home Time

Junior students classes end at 4pm on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, at 1.15pm on Wednesday and on 3.20pm on Friday.

Teachers will be releasing senior students slightly (5-10 mins max) early at the end of each school day so there is clear access to tunnels/exits/gates for our junior students.
Parents/guardians dropping or collecting their son/daughter by car should make arrangements to drop/meet their son/daughter away from the school entrance – especially when it is raining. Student safety is a priority.
Thanks
Thank you for taking the time to read through these arrangements and we wish all of our students an enjoyable first week back to the timetable. Parents/guardians can continue to address any queries they may have through the front office admin@lucancc.ie or 016282077.

 

Student Updates Friday 4th September

Any student who was absent for induction must watch this powerpoint and embedded videos: Powerpoint for Return to school for students September 2020

Wellbeing is so important for us all during challenging times. Any student who did not view this slideshow during induction week should watch it as soon as possible as it outlines the supports available to students from the school as well as some ways to help yourself. Wellbeing Presentation for students 1st –6th year Sept 2020

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for your responses to the parent/student consultation survey we sent out a few weeks ago. We have been preparing answers to your questions and will continue to update this document day by day. Please read our latest Lucan CC Frequently Asked Questions document Lucan CC Frequently Asked Questions document here and check back for updates. Last update 31st August 2020.

Should you have any queries regarding returning to school please contact 1890927277

These questions are the most frequently asked on the Department of Education helpline and may be useful for parents/guardians: Frequently asked questions on Gov.ie

Newsletters for Students/Parents/Guardians

Year Group Information

Updated Welcome First Year students 2020

Message from the 2nd year Management Team

Welcome message & induction details for Transition Year students

TY Programme Coordinator Welcome Letter to Parents September 1st 2020

Message from the 3rd year Management Team

Welcome back 6th Year students 2020

General Newsletter with Information for parents and students

We have prepared a newsletter to update you on our plans for returning all students to school in line with Department of Education guidelines. It is 9 pages long, so you may prefer to print is and read it in sections. We hope that it contains sufficient detail to reassure you that we are doing everything possible to prepare for a safe return for all students and staff. We will follow this newsletter with a survey for parents in the coming days so that you can share any feedback or ideas with us. Click on the link below to access the newsletter.

NEW STUDENT-PARENT UPDATE ON PREPARATIONS FOR STARTING THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR

Back to school Health Information – in over 30 languages: 

https://nascireland.org/covid-19-world-service

Policy Documents

Lucan Community College Covid19 policy
Lucan Community College Response Plan

A Letter from the Minister of Education

Letter from Minister Norma Foley

Back to school Advice for Parents

Advice for parents

Information from HSE for parents

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